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Things That Haven’t Happened Since…

By Stuart Jones

Most everybody’s excited about FanFest and also the Media Day the Giants held at AT&T Park today, and you should be: baseball’s comin’ back, baby! That is something that should always be celebrated. Earlier today on my Twitter account I was going through some things that haven’t happened for a while. I’m going to expand upon that here because gosh darnit, I find it interesting.

The San Francisco Giants (not the New York franchise) have not had a player ________ in a season since: (**Denotes single season record)

With 200 hits — Rich Aurilia in 2001 with 206

**Willie Mays with 208 in 1958

Hit better than .350 (that qualified) — **Barry Bonds in 2002 when he hit .370 (amongst all players with 500+ PAs)

With 30+ SBs — Dave Roberts in 2007 with 31

With OVER 40 SBs — Darren Lewis with 46 in 1993

With 50+ SBs — Brett Butler with 51 in 1990

**1979 Billy north with 58… can you tell I find SBs exciting?

Who didn’t have a batter with a WAR above 4.0 — 2007 (Barry Bonds, 3.7)

Someone with over 100 RBI — Barry Bonds in 2004 with 101

**1961 Orlando Cepeda had 142

Someone with over 700 PAs — 1990 Brett Butler with 732

**Bobby Bonds in 1970 with 745

A starter not named Tim Lincecum with over a 10 K/9 — Jason Schmidt in 2004 at 10.04

**Timmy is the record holder at 10.51 in his first of two Cy seasons in 2008

A starter (from beginning to end) have a 5.00+ ERA — 2008 Jonathan Sanchez at 5.01

**1999 Kirk Rueter had a 5.41 ERA and had just a little lower 5.01 FIP that year. There’s a snake in my boot!

Have a pitcher that recorded/was awarded 20+ Wins — 1993 tandem of John Burkett and Bill Swift

**1968 Juan Marichal had 26. 2011 AL MVP Justin Verlander just 1 behind.

Could any of those barriers be broken in 2012? Possibly. If the offense ever wakes up you could have 3-4 20 win pitchers. Could K/9 be broken by young Madison Bumgarner? Melky Cabrera had 204 hits in 2011, could he repeat it in 2012? Angel Pagan had 32 SBs last year — can he run the bases with the Orange and Black, too? Much to be seen as we head into FanFest weekend! Less than 2 months to Opening Day!